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Senator Patrick Leahy "recovered comfortably" after hip replacement surgery after a fall at home

(CNN)Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahysaid "comfortably" after surgery. "Recovery". He broke his hip after falling to his home in Virginia on Wednesday.

It's unclear how long he'll be out in the 50-50 Senate, but the Chamber of Commerce is adjourned until the week of July 11.

"Patrick and Marcel were overwhelmed by the flood of support, humbled, and deeply grateful for all kinds of messages of encouragement they received."

Lee Hee, 82, was born blind on one side and experienced a "lifelong struggle with diminished depth perception," his office said in a previous statement. "He took some notable dinger over the years, which finally caught up with him," his office said.

Lee Hee is expected to recover completely from surgery and he will soon begin physiotherapy, his office said. "He is expected to start a physiotherapy regimen after sufficient healing that will allow Patrick and Marcel to start a long daily walk together again," the statement said.

His office told CNN that it was premature to know how long his doctor would suggest that he be away from the Senate. His absence will make it difficult for Democrats to pass something using a simple majority that at least one Republican senator does not vote for.

This headline and story was updated with additional information on Thursday.